Suicide bombings, attacks in Iraq kill 19 people
BAGHDAD (AP) — Suicide bombings and other attacks across Iraq killed at least 19 people and wounded 36 on Monday, officials said, the latest in an uptick in violence as the country counts down to crucial parliament elections later this month.
Thieves tap UK pipeline, steal 30,000 litres of fuel - paper
UK police are hunting a gang of thieves who are thought to have tapped into an underground oil pipeline, stealing thousands of litres of fuel, a newspaper reported on Monday. More than 30,000 litres of diesel may have been taken from the pipeline running from Esso's Fawley Refinery, the Daily Echo reported. The pipeline, known as the Midline Pipeline and owned by Esso, is one of the UK's main underground pipelines that supply fuel including gas, diesel, gasoline and jet fuel.
Gordon Brown steps up bid to keep Scotland in UK
By Belinda Goldsmith LONDON (Reuters) - Former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown is stepping up his efforts to stop Scotland leaving the United Kingdom as opinion polls show growing support for independence. Brown, a Scot, will on Tuesday make his first speech in support of the cross-party Better Together campaign, warning Scots of a possible deficit in pension funds if they opt out of the 307-year old union in a September 18 referendum. Polls show growing support for independence with the gap between the two sides narrowing to just a few percentage points after a split seemed unattainable a year ago. Brown, a former Labour leader who has kept a low profile since losing the 2010 general election, said he will set out the case for why Scotland should stay in the United Kingdom in a speech at Glasgow University.
Rodriguez upbeat, Schleck downcast for Ardennes Classics
Liege (Belgium) (AFP) - Specialist puncheur Joaquim Rodriguez is feeling positive for the remainder of the Ardennes Classics despite crashing out of the Amstel Gold Race. But it wasn't such good news for former Tour de France winner Andy Schleck, who hurt his knee in the same incident. Spaniard Rodriguez, known as Purito, crashed out of Sunday's race after going down about 80km into the first of the three Ardennes Classics. But Rodriguez took to Twitter to say he expects to race both the Fleche Wallonne and Liege-Bastogne-Liege races this week and, more importantly, that he will be fully fit for next month's Giro d'Italia.
After bombs, Boston Marathon under tight security
BOSTON (AP) — One year after a pair of homemade pressure-cooker bombs killed three people and wounded more than 260 others, turning a day of athletic triumph into one of tragedy, the Boston Marathon returns to the streets on Monday. For the 118th edition of the world's oldest annual marathon, security along the course will be tighter than ever.